ERMC nurse recognized with DAISY Award


Denise Clay, Registered Nurse (RN) at Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC), received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at a ceremony held on May 5, 2018. The ceremony took place at the hospital during Nurses Week, with staff, family and friends in attendance. Clay has been an RN in Surgical Services at ERMC for eight years, and in her acceptance speech described her department as “an awesome place to work.”

Clay was nominated by co-worker Angela White, RN, whose nomination stated, “From the very first day I started working in Surgery, Denise made me feel comfortable. Her teaching, understanding, kind heart, and support made my transition that much easier. Watching her interact with patients is another reason she deserves to win this award. She is your protector and coach from start to finish. There aren’t enough words to truly express how amazing this lady is. It is an honor to work with such an amazing RN!”


This award is given by the DAISY Foundation to honor extraordinary nurses who go above and beyond to make a difference in patients’ and families’ experiences in healthcare. ERMC joins facilities all over the world in participating in this recognition program to celebrate nurses and the skilled, compassionate, dedicated care they deliver every day. In addition to the award, Clay received a bouquet of daisies, a Daisy Award pin and a handmade sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch.”

The DAISY Foundation was formed in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. This prompted the name of the organization, which is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. During the time Pat was in the hospital, his family was amazed by not only the clinical skill nurses brought to his condition, but by the way they delivered his care. When he died, the family wanted to say thank you to nurses everywhere for what they do for patients and families each day, and they are reaching that goal through the DAISY Foundation.

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